4:39am

Sat March 9, 2013
Africa

A Big Battle Over A Tiny Isle In The Nile

Originally published on Sat March 9, 2013 7:18 am

An Egyptian farmer drinks tea near his home on Qursaya island, in the Nile River, next to Cairo, in January. The Egyptian military says it is the registered owner of the island's land, a claim disputed by the farmers and fishermen who live there.
Nasser Nasser AP

It's not easy to get to Qursaya island, a tiny bit of land in the middle of the Nile River in Cairo, Egypt's capital. You have to take a boat from the riverbank. There are no cars on the island, and it's only had running water for a few years.

It's a quiet 70-acre patch of agricultural land amid a megacity, where mooing cows provide the soundtrack, and farmers and fishermen have lived for generations.

But not all is as bucolic as it seems: The island is at the heart of a yearslong legal battle between those farmers and the government.

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4:02am

Sat March 9, 2013
The Two-Way

With Hagel In Afghanistan, Explosion Hits Near Defense Ministry

Originally published on Sat March 9, 2013 1:38 pm

Afghanistan National Army soldiers and security personnel walk at the site of a suicide attack next to the Ministry of Defense main gate in Kabul on Saturday.
Massoud Hossaini AFP/Getty Images

A bomb exploded near the Defense Ministry in Kabul on Saturday morning as U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel was visiting in Afghanistan. The Taliban claimed responsibility, calling it a message to the new Pentagon chief.

Update At 10:49 a.m. ET: Hagel Not Surprised

Hagel was nowhere near the attack, but the AP reports he heard the blast:

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8:00pm

Fri March 8, 2013
Caravan

Caravan

Alvin Lee (19 December 1944 – 6 March 2013)

Airs Friday, March 8 at 9 p.m. This week on the Caravan we'll feature some live tracks from Maggie Koerner & Nick Brumley, Craig Finn, Chris Allen & Winston Hall, AJ & the Two Tone Blues Band, Professor Porkchop and the Dishes, Robin & The Blue Birds, and Muddy Waters with The Stones. On our last hour we'll take a little adventure into the Hush. Tune in and enjoy.

Caravan Playlist for Friday, March 8, 2013

5:14pm

Fri March 8, 2013
The Two-Way

French Mother On Trial For Sending Her Son, Jihad, To School With 'Bomb' Shirt

Bouchra Bagour, left, leaves a court house with her lawyer Gaelle Genoun.
Anne-Christine Poujoulat AFP/Getty Images

A French mother was in court Wednesday for what she says was a simple birthday celebration but what the government alleges is a clear provocation, an allusion to terrorism.

The BBC reports that Bouchra Bagour, 35, has been charged with "glorifying crime" after she sent her three-year-old son — named Jihad — to school wearing a T-shirt that read "I am a bomb" and "Born on 11 September."

The BBC adds:

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5:07pm

Fri March 8, 2013
The Two-Way

'World's Best Restaurant' Blamed For Diners' Illnesses

Originally published on Tue March 12, 2013 11:12 am

The famed Noma restaurant in Copenhagen has been blamed for more than 60 of its diners falling ill. Investigators say an illness spread from the staff to the customers.
Keld Navntoft AFP/Getty Images

Noma, the Danish eatery that has won fans with its innovative approach to Nordic cuisine, and won Restaurant magazine's "World's Best Restaurant" title the past three years, is getting some unwelcome press, after dozens of people who ate at the Copenhagen restaurant fell sick.

Update: Monday, March 11

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5:03pm

Fri March 8, 2013
Around the Nation

Death Cafes Breathe Life Into Conversations About Dying

Originally published on Tue March 12, 2013 12:20 pm

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We live knowing that everything dies. Like the sun, it's a fact of life. And like the sun, we tend not to look right at it. Unless you've experienced a recent death, it's probably not something you discuss. But a new movement is trying to change that, with a serving of tea and cake.

The fear of death haunts us like nothing else. And it makes sense. All other fears — such as public speaking, centipedes and heights — pale in comparison. So we don't really talk about it.

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5:03pm

Fri March 8, 2013
Music Interviews

Dave Grohl Finds Music's Human Element — In A Machine

Originally published on Fri March 8, 2013 5:09 pm

Dave Grohl reunited with his old friend Butch Vig (at console), the producer of Nirvana's Nevermind, for the making of Sound City: Real to Reel.
Sami Ansari Courtesy of the artist

4:03pm

Fri March 8, 2013
Music

Can You Make Sad Songs Sound Happy (And Vice-Versa)?

Originally published on Fri March 8, 2013 6:15 pm

Michael Stipe broods on the cover of R.E.M.'s "Losing My Religion" single. Earlier this year, a remarkably cheery-sounding major-key version of the song appeared online.
Album cover

Oleg Berg, an engineer and musician in the Ukraine, had a dream as a kid. He wanted to be able to take popular songs, the recordings of which were instantly recognizable, and invert their sound: making major keys minor and vice versa.

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3:43pm

Fri March 8, 2013
Around the Nation

In Chicago, Dueling Ads Over The Meaning Of 'Jihad'

Originally published on Fri March 8, 2013 5:03 pm

There is an advertising battle going on over the Arabic term jihad. In Chicago, a group has launched a bus and subway ad campaign meant to reclaim the term jihad from another series of ads that presents jihadists as violent.

3:36pm

Fri March 8, 2013
Commentary

Week In Politics: Unemployment, Rand Paul's Filibuster

Originally published on Fri March 8, 2013 5:03 pm

Transcript

MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

And now for some political reaction to those jobs numbers and other events of the week, we turn to columnist E.J. Dionne of the Washington Post and the Brookings Institution. E.J., welcome back.

E.J. DIONNE: Good to be here.

BLOCK: And sitting in for David Brooks this week, we have Mary Kate Cary. She's a former speech writer for President George H.W. Bush, a columnist with U.S. News & World Report and she's also a regular political analyst on NPR's Tell Me More. Mary Kate, welcome to you.

MARY KATE CARY: Thank you.

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